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Angiosperms Run Amok


Not a trick of perspective: My neighbor's flowers are nearly as big as his house!


Forsythia's not my favorite but it's dependable. Like azaleas.


This is a tiny fraction of a camelia that at this point is about 15 feet tall, and I think aspires to be an oak tree.


The bush with white blossoms. Someone remind me what this is called. Probably something old-fashioned sounding, like "Quince."


Except that's what this is, I think.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 4, 2009; 10:52 AM ET
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Green is good, nice to see things blooming,even if they aren't yet here,some forsythia and daffadills,but that is about it.

Oh I did get some blue bells dug up,just coming up down at the river,

waiting anxiously on tbg and dbG.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful pics, Joel. Send the real articles here, and we'll fed-ex you a few dozen tons of snow, deal?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Nice flowers and pitchahs. Here, seeing first signs of autumn.

Wishing a happy spring for ye Boodlers

Posted by: Braguine | April 4, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Good grief, this makes me jealous. We have two flowering dogwoods in view, and my tulips, and the redbud down the street. That's it.

My friend's dad is stuck with a pile of leaves 3 feet high and about 25 x 35 feet in area. Piled next to a wooden fence. He wants me to bag them all. And no truck access; no cart. I begged to let me pitchfork them away from the fence, and deal with the pile later. No deal. He wants someone to bag 'em and haul them. It's all awful. I would willingly take the leaves but I don't want 200 bags of leaves. I would take them without bags. Any ideas would be appreciated. He won't wait for nature.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Jumper "Burn baby Burn"

Well the house is clean,always nice to have guests cause I usually have a clean house afterwards.Out to pick the only flowers we have for the table.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So far crocus and snowdrops about the only thing blooming here, my neighbour has some lovely heath blooming.

Love the pictures Joel - am so jealous of the camelia - cannot survive here.

GWE have a wonderful lunch with the dbG and TBG.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Jumper are the leaves dry enough to mulch with a mulching mower or leaf vacuum, would greatly reduce the amount of bags required, I have used the ground leaves as mulch for the garden. No the easiest task with such a large pile, but neither is bagging all those leaves.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

No more water but
Fire next time

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Refreshing pictures, Joel, especially when it's 50 MPH winds here and freezing. This is when I really miss the DC area. Oh well. At least when real spring followed by summer arrives here in the high country we have virtually no bugs and low humidity. Ya just have to take the good with the bad.

I am about to to sit for a 4 hour exam. What fun!

Posted by: Windy3 | April 4, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Windy here as well, the fence between my neighbour and ourselves just had a couple of sections blow over - this particular area looked like it would need fixing - now there is now question about it. Not something that can be put off as we both have pools and dogs - the fence is a must.

Quite the wind tunnel affect in that yard right now.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

As someone quite sensitive to the smoke from leaf burning - please don't do it - really bad for air quality.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful pics, Joel. It's a gorgeous sunny day here too. I'm going to take some pictures, but mine don't turn out as nice as Joel's. I'd blame my camera, but I know it's me. Oh, the last picture looks like it also called Rose of Sharon? The white-flowered bush could be spirea - bridal wreath is the common name, I think.

Jumper, good luck - I agree, anything but bagging. Fire was my first thought, but it's probably not legal. dmd's mowing idea is what we do with most of ours.

Kim, congrats on the U2 tickets! You will have to describe the concert experience - in excrutiating detail - for me. LA Lurker, I would go the online route for tickets. Although TBG is the expert in this - she's got the touch.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

yeah, tbg's got the magic touch for getting good tickets.

i'm just no longer familiar with the process. back in the phone days, i knew to start calling at a certain time in the morning. but does the internet allow the tickets to go on sale right after midnight? and if yes, according to which time zone?

Posted by: LALurker | April 4, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Nope, Rose of Sharon has nothing to do with quince. When I was a kid, we had a Rose of Sharon bush - related to hibiscus.
We also had a quince, which got fruit. My mom used to make quince jelly.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Usually when I've bought tickets for a show in my time zone, the on sale time is the local time. So, Ticketmaster should have the time...

There is a detailed discussion here about U2 tickets:
It has some good tips about Ticketmaster, etc. I don't know how hard tickets have been to get this time around - they're playing big stadiums, so getting a ticket of some kind may be more possible than when they played arenas. But it's good to research the seating options, and have your Ticketmaster account set up ahead of time. Good luck!

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Per suggestion on the last boodle, happy hour at Chez Frostbitten starts at 1800CST. Tonight's special- Rhubarbaritas on the rocks. (We don't do slushy drinks this time of year, too much yellow snow.)

Wine special- Herding Cats Shiraz

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 4, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The white flowered plant looks like spirea in need of some pruning.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The leaves are wet, my mower is not a mulcher, and it's illegal to burn in the city limits anyway.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you could pay someone else to haul them away, Jumper. heh heh

When we moved into this house, there was bigleaf maple in our yard, between our house and the one next door. Our neighbor immediately started talking to us about cutting it down, because it dropped so many leaves in his yard, and he wound up with a situation like that. We eventually did cut the tree down. But I think the neighbor's only option was to bag and haul the leaves away...

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Pay no attention to the handle at the bottom of this post. This is TBG and dbG boodling from GWE's house! What a great house in a beautiful location. And what a wonderful host!

Carry on...

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Well then y'all just let the wild rumpus begin!

If anyone can handle another banking story here's a good one about a maverick banker who more-or-less shut his bank down a few years ago until the craziness passed

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Man coughs up nail after MRI

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Good catch, Jumper!

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

We have two rows of forsythias that I suspect date back to antebellum era. At one point the rows had gotten so large that they resembled two massive herbaceous beached whales.

We hired a gentleman to cut them back with a chainsaw. I thought he had killed them, but they came back strong.

Some say roaches will inherit the earth. If they do I imagine they will landscape with forsythia.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the deal is no open burning anywhere in Meck Co, Jumper. It's an Environmental Health rule, not fire department.

Loved the flower pictures, Joel. My camellias were frozen when the temps went down to 14 the end of February. Happens many years...

Spring in the high country is about four weeks behind the Piedmont. Here the forsythia and daffodils are in full bloom. The maples are thinking about budding, and there is a little green on a weeping willow or two, but that's it. Probably a good thing, considering that the forecast is snow for Monday and Tuesday.

Mr. T installed my Celtic cross in the yard. It blends well with the planters and looks as nice as I hoped it would. I'd post a photo, but I left the cable at home so I don't have a way to move photos to computer. Tomorrow...

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Them are purty pictures.

I have been sick - "I am" is probably the correct verb. Wednesday I could read but not type. Thursday I gave up on reading and turned off the computer, and spent that and yesterday in bed. Today I can both read and, apparently, type, so I am better. I had a terrible headache, muscle aches and fatigue, and couldn't eat. I still am living on soda crackers and Sprite.

Ivansdad and the Boy are also sick but with different things. Ivansdad has had some sort of bad head cold for six days, with a cough that has me thinking pneumonia. The Boy started out with a dry cough, is now congested, but less debilitated. They can both eat, though. I went to the grocery today, in a triumph of hope over experience.

Yoki, your "fire, not water" comment made me think of a '50s spiritual, the possible title and first line of which is "Everybody's Worried Bout That Atom Bomb". It is very catchy. Chanticleer recorded it with a great guest artist a few years back. A recurring line is, "It won't be Water but fire next time."

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like meningitis. I had it once, same symptoms. As you know it can turn a lot worse than that.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I hope all three of you have been to the doctor for appropriate treatment. We missed you!

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I spied some puschkinia, scylla and even some very small crocus willing to flower if we could have some sun for an hour or two.

It's been raining almost non-stop for 36 hours. With a bit of snow mixed-in earlier this afternoon. *sigh*

To be on kit, I don't have much flower to show but here are a the pictures of a few birds and a couple of large dogs. Yesterday's sharpshinned hawk is included.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Awww -- sorry, Ivansmom, to hear about the family variations on the theme of crud. I'm almost completely healthy now, save a few coughing spells (which are, thankfully, productive, rather than making me gasp for air before the next set of spasms).

I will send you and yours, not only gorgeous cherry blossoms, but also almost 100% terrific karma. Do feel better -- all of you. And spray a lot of Lysol around. Or something like that. I know, I know, it's the after-the-fact kinda thing, but it might prevent all sorts of relapses.

Love the pictures, Joel. Today is gorgeous, albeit mighty windy out there. Tomorrow is supposed to be better. I wonder if I can get the car washed tomorrow after morning laundry. Something to ponder.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The "bush with white blossoms", is it possible that it would be a very much neglected bridal veil spirea?
They flower in June around here but then, it snowed this afternoon.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, hope you all feel better soon!

Yes, SD, Frosti and I guessed spirea too. Love your pics - and the dual captions. Do goldfinches drink chardonnay?

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, y'all. Nope, no doctors yet (though Ivansdad will see one Monday if he doesn't improve). I am getting better so will see where I am; I'm just hoping to avoid the whole congestion thing from which the guys are suffering.

We have a lovely tulip. Yesterday and today are warm though Very windy and one coral-colored tulip is braving the wind.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Down here in Myrtle Beach the pollen count is getting frightening. Yeah verily, I fear the streets runneth with yellow. It is causing my son great distress. But as luck would have it, Zyrtec is now over-the-counter.

Although the packaging is fordin' hard to get into.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Just returned from delivering bars to the Community Fish Fry. Good thing I scouted things out, I need to dress up a bit before returning for the meal. Real crocs and clean jeans with a nice sweater should do. (Don't ask what I'm wearing now that would make such an outfit an improvement. Trust me, I follow MO as fantasy not for fashion tips.)

Last year was not such a big deal, but last year we didn't have a Fire Dept. Auxiliary to help. The year before last was nearly a disaster. I'm just glad we didn't have a test of the city's coverage for food borne illnesses. In the interim our heroic clerk has whipped the volunteers into shape and headed us down the right path with the health department.

Hope the whole Ivansclan feels well soon, and you too ftb.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 4, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Afternoon all
Tbg and dbG left a little while ago.What a nice visit with two fine ladies.We ate and laughed and talked it was wonderful.I think I will be floating on cloud Nine for quite a while.

Also very glad dbG was able to use the stuff I gave her,whenever I hear her talk about her gardens I will be happy to know I had some little part in their success.

What a great day!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

A great afternoon - I'm hanging out on the deck with the kids, we're singing old Queen tunes and enjoying the sunny weather.

Breezy, but good.

I think there may be a beverage or two consumed out there later, once all the chicks are back in the nest (hey, I have teenagers and it's a Saturday night).


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Tee-hee. Joel said "angio."

Er. Um. wait a minute...

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 4, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

feel better, ivansmom! hope your clan gets well soon.

seasea, thanks for that info. i'm going to assume that the 10am is pdt, even though it doesn't say so. (many of the various pre-sales give timezone references, but not the main public sale time for some reason.)

i'll have to figure out the seating issues at some point tomorrow.

Posted by: LALurker | April 4, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else think Brag's comment in the last boodle was hi-freakin-larious? I did!

Hope you and yours are better, soon, Ivansmom. I suppose one benefit of having no kids is that there's no one to bring home those kinds of bugs. The only thing I've ever gotten from my dogs is a brief bout of sarcoptic mange, which was neither debilitating nor bothersome.

Posted by: KBoom | April 4, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a fine day was had by all, or at least, those who have reported in.

Glad the first ever WBG BPH went well.

Sorry that the Ivansclan is unwell. Glad that ftb is so much better. That bc had his chicks, and LAL will get U2 tickets.

EYE have had a happy day, entirely devoted to domestic regulation and rock 'n roll and love. The Ipod is God's gift to people who vacuum.

Since I have an Ipod *and* a Dyson "Ball," I am able to do housework and dance at the same time. Mr. Jobs, Mr. Dyson, I salute you, sirs!

Since I also have email and telephony, I am able to let the people that I love know so.

And, the sun shone and no snow fell.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Kboom, your last sentence is also hilarious. I do so like it when you post.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I never learned German, but the perfect German book title has to be "Der Primare Bau Der Angiospermenwurzel" by Hermann von Guttenberg. I think it translates as "The primary growth of the angiosperm root". That's primary as opposed to secondary, where the root's cambium adds extra wood and bark.

Did a spring plant trip today--special event at the Montgomery Botanical Center in Coral Gables, which isn't open to the public. Our group did a semi-ceremonial planting of a flock of young royal palms grown from seed of wild trees from Trinidad. Then we gawped at the marvels of their collection, including some incredibly stately old Copernicia baileyana trees (Cuban fan palms named for the Polish astronomer and Liberty Hyde Bailey, an incredibly productive horticulturist and botanical palm enthusiast from Cornell).

Also took in the old site of Parrot Jungle, nearby. The bird shows moved to a better location, while the affluent local community is maintaining the jungle landscaping.

The American Orchid Society's spectacular orchid greenhouse and garden is closing to the public as a money-saving measure. The Society has suffered a severe loss of funding due to the Great Recession. They still have one the best gardens of native Florida plants, lots of easy-to-grow orchids on display, and spectacular Satake palms from the Ryuku Islands of Japan (but not Okinawa). May the two at my back patio get so big.

We're supposed to have a genuinely cold night next week. Sounds painful for the rest of the East.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ha! KBoom, I've wondered whether this is some obscure rabbit disease I got by mistake. Of course, the rabbit isn't sick.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, beware zoonotic disease.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

In one of my recent food experiments, I followed Nick Kindelsperger's advice (at
which is on my "must read" list) and have begun to add 1/3 cup of yellow cornmeal to each 2 cups flour to make my pizza dough. This makes a huge difference! The texture and taste improve dramatically.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Michigan State pulls away at the end to shock Connecticut. Now we just need North Carolina to win and it will be a happy final for me to watch.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 4, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Really?! Imagine all those states moving about.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Yoki, it's a good thing all the states moving only happens once a year! Monday night it will all be done.

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

That sounds tasty, Jumper. I daringly branched out tonight from soda crackers, and tried some plain white rice with weak decaf green tea. I also had a handful of nuts over the course of the afternoon, hoping for some protein. So far, so good.

I take it there is still basketball going on. That must be what Ivansdad is watching.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, my late and much-loved MIL used to recommend the BRAT diet for recovering 'flu victims. Bananas, rice, apple juice, clear tea.

Of course, I thought she was talking about *me.* Until I didn't.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Ivansmom, the Final Four. Mr. T is watching, of course, as Carolina is playing. He is kind enough to wear earphones so I don't have to listen. The game commentary I could handle, the commercials would make me crazy. I'm crocheting and looking up at the score now and again. I dare not watch for fear of jinxing the team we are rooting for.

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, chicken broth and ginger ale. I swear by these even if they don't really help and just give me comfort. Perhaps barley water? Milquetoast? Mustard plaster?

Deep in my recipe books there are bracing recipes for the cure alls of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. I'd write them out but it would not rest well on an upset tummy. They might help get someone to the doctor if they are reluctant, in an 'if you don't go, I'm going to get out the cod liver oil' kind of way.

The subdivision and my yard remain firmly rooted in winter though it is starting to look a lot like spring in the city. The only thing sadder than my piles of snow is Brag's winter arriving, but so it goes. The flowers are uplifting, Joel.
I have a bridal wreath spirea in my yard, a breat big one. It flowers in late June just after the lilacs, IIRC.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 4, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Back from a roaringly successful fish fry. Thought we might run out of fish before the Catholics made their way to the center from mass, but the Lutherans refrained from second helpings until we were assured the parking lot at St. Catherine's was clear.

I don't know who to envy more, anyone experiencing spring, dbG for acquiring plants at a bph, or DotC for his garden touring day. We have 3 colors in our landscape now-gray water and sky, white and black snow, and black mud. Or is that just two colors?

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams. A good dose of nyquil then to bed with me.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 4, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Evening all, just finished a very nice dinner with close friends - this was the beginning of a cook off between the men - quite amusing but I get to reap the rewards of two men trying to out do each other with meal preparations - can't go wrong there.

Too much wine drunk - but lots of laughter.

Shriek great pictures, yes way better than mine, my Pushkina (sp) is just flowering now, love the smell of those tiny little flowers.

Glad the WVBPH went well.

Ivansclan get better soon.

Sorry if I missed anything - I am without my glasses - somehow went missing while I was cleaning today and the wine and Corona are having a little affect.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 4, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Spent this morning and the first hour of the afternoon manning the Saturn station of the PlanetWalk on the WB&A trail, playing astronomy comedy music from the Hotel Mauna Kea gal (go check out the videos on YouTube, whether you've seen them or not!) with ScienceKid#1 and the ScienceMutt. Came back home and got some lunch, grabbed the ScienceSpouse (she didn't mind...) then went down tot eh Naval Observatory for their open house. Then over to the zoo for an hour to admire creatures that turned out to have mostly gone to bed for the night. Then dinner at a diner, and now we are home. Busy day!

Tomorrow: laundry day.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 4, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Grand day, *Tim.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Y'all have had splendid days. Thanks for the culinary advice. I dream of being able to graduate to the BRAT diet. I've substituted Sprite for the ginger ale (availability is all). Everything tastes fine, you understand, I just can't imagine the idea of eating something as complex as, say, a milk product. I confidently expect to be better tomorrow. After all,

Tomorrow . . . is another day!

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Sounds like a good day all around.

Speaking of blossoms, it looks like there was a launch bloom on North Korea tonight:

Congrats to the Mich St. and NC fans and I'm looking forward to seeing that matchup on Monday night for the National Championship. And the "One Shining Moment" drinking games...

The weather conditions should be sunny and in the 70s here tomorrow, so it'll be a nice day to spend outdoors. Grilling of various foods, visiting with family, and an early egg hunt (I guess that makes it a Palming Sunday?).

Chicks are back in the nest, time for a little stargazing out on the deck and a glass of something to counter the nip in the air.

Have a good night, all.


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Gotta wear a properly Carolina blue shirt tomorrow.

I suppose the North Korean government will proclaim a great victory over sophisticated US efforts to make the missile malfunction.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 5, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

This one is for russianthislte:

Posted by: Yoki | April 5, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

What beautiful flowers! Camillias do grow in these parts except the flowers are smaller. I think it’s because of the hot climate. A lot of flowers have big blooms when grown in cooler climate but produce very much smaller flowers when grown in hot climate.

During my first experience of spring, I observed that plants and trees blooming before they put out any leaves. I was fascinated by that phenomenon. A whole plant/tree in full bloom without leaves blocking the view of the flowers. Absolutely beautiful. That’s one thing I love about your spring. Our plants and trees put out leaves first then flowers. It’s always in that order.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 5, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Snacking on boiled peanuts. Not the genetically modified type. I know because the peanuts I’m eating are $1 cheaper per kg and they vary in size. They are between 2 to 4 seeds in the pods. Some have no seeds in them and some have slugs in them. Some looked like you’d get 3 seeds in the pod, but when you crack them open, there are 4 seeds! You can play a game with each one of them. (Yes, I should go out and make more friends). The GM type are all uniform in size. They all look like identical twins. There are mostly 4 seeds in a pod and the seeds are plum. I don’t like such uniformity. It’s boring.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 5, 2009 4:02 AM | Report abuse

It makes sense that creditors should suffer as well.

“… it’s not the shareholders of the American International Group who benefited most from its bailout; they were mostly wiped out. The great beneficiaries have been the creditors and counterparties at the other end of A.I.G.’s derivatives deals — firms like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, Barclays and UBS.”

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 5, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good morning, friends. Ah, the pictures of spring. Simply lovely. Just checking in, running late for church this morning. Will read the comments later this afternoon. I have the g-girl, and we're going to try and make Sunday school. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I hope you too, can make church today.

Slyness, Carolina is on the way. Yoki, Mudge, Martooni, Scotty, good, good, morning to you. Just a beautiful day yesterday, and more is promised today. *waving*

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 5, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey Rainforest! Boiled peanuts are a Southern delicacy, but I'll bet you knew that already. Yum.

41 and clear this morning, it is supposed to be a lovely day. Mr. T has four buckets of gravel to put down, which he said he would do before he took a shower. So we'll see...

Mr. T will be watching the championship game at home tomorrow. The only problem with that is the TV is old so he doesn't get to see it in hi def. But he'll be glued to it anyway.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

slyness... I really like watching sports on my computer w/out hidef. It keeps me from being really glued to it. I think the same outcome happens either way, but I am not totally sure.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 5, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Theraflu is the breakfast beverage here today. Thought I was ready to face the day, but just now realize...back to bed.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 5, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Enjoying cups of coffee and conversation with my youngest daughters in the kitchen, with the window shades open, and light coming in, hardcopy WaPo on the table.

We're talking about Joel's article about the next NASA chief, and the future of our country's space program:

I'll have more to say about the article later, but for the moment...

Life is good.


Posted by: -bc- | April 5, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We had an excellent Vietnamese feast to celebrate the family's baby 15th birthday. We came back in a snow squall but that is April for you. It's grey and cool this morning, perfect weather to walk the easily overheated Very Large Puppy.
I watched the delayed broadcast of the Malaysian GP. It started as a car race then became a tire changing competition and the last leg was whitewater kayaking. Very interesting, Button won again in the car formerly known as a Honda. They must be kicking themselves twice a day out at the H-headquarters. They inspired me; I think I'll change the tires on the subie from Extreme Winter to Moderate All-Season. It will take more than 4.3 seconds though.
Interesting paper by Joel about NASA. One of the few things in government about which the O-man doesn't seem to have an agenda. It's now time to have one says the boss.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 5, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Happy Palm Sunday! It is a very windy Palm Sunday here; I think an early Easter egg hunt would have the eggs all blowing away. Despite our various ailments I promised to take the Boy to the Medieval Fair later today; I envision lots of blowing things. It should be interesting.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 5, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

A beautiful day in NC. This is the time of Sunday morning I am always conflicted. I would like to surf the web for a few minutes, rustle up brunch and then go outside. The coffee and newspaper are finished. The critical Sunday morning news shows come on in five minutes, however. What to do...

Here's a good piece on Rahm

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Another nice-looking day here. However, am feeling great sympathy for Frosty and Ivansmom, and any other under the weather. Been faxing mass quantities of chicken soup, but apparently to little avail. Hope you guys get better soon--you've been sick way too long.

We've been entertaining our friends from Philly (my best friends from college). Yesterday the wanted to go see the Kreeger art museum up on Foxhall Road in northern Georgetown, so we went, taking dottir#3 with us to get her out of the house and into some fresh air and culture.
The Kreeger is basically a mansion designed by the famous Phillip Johnson, and converted to an art museum when the Kreegers (wealthy collectors) moved out. They have a large collection of Impressionists and some modern stuff, Monet, Corot, Mondriaan, Picasso, Chagall, van Gogh, Gaugain, Kandinsky, Miro, etc., plus some African art and some scultpure. My favorite was a little-known van Gogh, "Boquet of Zinnias." Very colorful. Also really liked a Boudin, :On the River Meuse." Some of the other stuff was"interesting" (read: feh). Oh, we all REALLY liked one called "Bowling Ball Eclipse" by James Rosenquist. I don't know how well it would reproduce if you Goggled it, but it is really something in person. It only has basically one color, a sort of bright cobalt blue, and it is about 6 feet by six feet.

They have 9 Monets, which my Philly friends really liked. Me, I'm not much of a Monet guy.

But yes, it was well worth a visit, and one of Washington's little-known hide-away gems few people know about or visit.


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 5, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Then, coming down Massachusetts Ave. (I was showing them Embassy Row) we came past the National Cathedral, and I pointed it out to them. They had never seen it, but had visited Italy a year ago, and were newborn cathedral groupies. They were very excited about it, comparing it to Chartres and some cathedral they'd seen in Italy. So I said, "Do you wanna go see it?" So on the spur of the moment, we went. As it happened, the choir was having rehearsal, and so, in addition to see the place, we did so with the choir rehearsing, which was really quite spectacular. They were rehearsing, which means they were stopping and starting and repeating sections etc., as they worked things out, but even so there was much more singing than pausing. And I don't have to tell you what a full-blown profession choir sounds like inside a massively huge cathedral like that.

As we were ready to leave, we saw a sign saying the obersavation level was open. So we took the elevator up to the 7th floor of the west entrance west tower, and the view from there was breath-taking and specacular. (For one thing, those towers are a heckuva lot larger inside than you think when you look from the street.) Among other things, you could even see the Blue Ridge mountains on the far horizon.

There was also a major exhibit out near the lobby (narthex, for thems of youse who know them words) about the building of the cathedral, which took 83 years start to finish, and which was completely in 1990, yes, only 19 years ago.

So if you are ever in Washington, add the National Cathedral to your must-see list, and go up to the 7th floor tower observation level.

Today: we tour Costco. Yes, you heard me. That's where they want to go.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 5, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Thumbnails of the Kreeger collection. Bowling Ball Eclipse is in righthand column, fourth one down.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | April 5, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Well, Mudge, Costco IS a very kewl place. I like to go, myself, to see what bargains abound besides the stuff I have to buy. Mostly I purchase foodstuffs to keep Mr. T going, and paper products.

We are back in from cleaning out the ditch on the lane. Since it's a private street, and since we paid large amounts last year to have it graded and gravelled, we spend most of the morning getting the leaves up so they don't clog the drains and overflow the ditch. Gotta protect the investment, yanno.

Frosti, I hope Theraflu and a good day's rest will take care of your illness. Ivansmom, good to hear that the Ivansclan is on the mend. If you need hot tea, just let me know. I'll go through the stash and fax whatever you like. I think I've got just about all the varieties of black tea on the market.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You've seen a Fantin-Latour and kept your lunch? Pretty good stomach there Mudge.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 5, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Nekkid ladies, flowers, and fruit... what's so stomach-churning about that, SD?

Note the realism and lack of extremely lurid colors that do not exist in nature.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 5, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I dunno SD. That Fantin-Latour painting "La Vague" looked intriguing. Although I couldn't really zoom in enough to tell for sure.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 5, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I mean, I love pictures of the seaside.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 5, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

You really could be a tourguide Mudge.

Hope Frosti and Ivansmom are on the mend. There have been a lot of strange illnesses going around these parts too. So far so good here.

Finished cutting back some pesky rose bushes in anticipation of painting the house this spring. Now for a trip to Lowe's and BJ's for stuff and then to #2's for a walk in the bogs with her dog. By the way, the sun is out. This is a really big deal as it hasn't been since last Tuesday and may not shine again 'til I don't know when. April showers, etc.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 5, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I was a little harsh maybe. He's done billions of tasteful nekkid ladies in the water. A tad too tasteful for me. But he was selling darn well in his days.

His best work is the paintings of people he knew and of his family (like the group painting of his wife's family in the wiki entry).
The naïades? Give me a break, I'm going into diabetic coma.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 5, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Art in the White House. Some history,%20Willem&pagewanted=all

And a more recent article re: the Obamas

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 5, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to my neighbor about selling newspapers, and was told that non-subscription sales are a big part of it, i.e., street-boxes and stores. So I started teasing about the total lack of ability to sell papers at the grocery store. I said, how many grocery stores sell newspapers at the checkout line? Well, it's practically never seen. They have them positioned so you see them as you are leaving the store when it's too late. I began mocking mercilessly. After all, I queried, who goes to the grocery store? Everyone, I was grudgingly told.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 5, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge IS our tourguide... to the history we really want to hear about, anyway.

Just a quick fly-by to note a successful trip to this point, and it's off to Penn Station to catch the Acela home.

Details at 11 (possibly a.m. tomorrow, be that as it may).

*she-sez-I-dun-a-gud-thing-George Grover waves* :-)))

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 5, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Howdy. I made it through the 1 1/2 hour long Palm Sunday service. This is actually one of the best services all year - it encapsulates the entry into Jerusalem, Gethsemane, and Good Friday and previews Holy Saturday. Thus the length. Made longer, of course, by the pesky choir which insisted on singing two anthems (of course the parishioners were all doing stuff so they might as well listen to us, right?).

Mudge, I'm glad you took your friends to the National Cathedral. It is a remarkable venue. I used to sing with a choir that performed there - not the Cathedral choir itself, which at the time was men and boys, but another one. It was just a treat and a privilege to sing in that space. The Observation gallery is spectacular, and the crypt is pretty cool too. Visiting tip: try for dusk, in spring or summer. Wander around the lovely gardens and watch the bats come out. Bats in the belfry.

Wish me luck. I contracted to take the Boy (who is well on the mend) and a friend to Medieval Fair, despite the vicious north wind (I mean 20-30 mile an hour gusts). I just ate two slices of french bread, so I feel there is hope for me. We're almost off now, if I can pry them from the videogames.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 5, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Give us Barabas!!

Sorry. Old habit.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 5, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

looks warm there JA... we're still in the 'bulb' phase up here... daffodils are just coming along now... must get back to the garden... still lots to tidy up :)... enjoy the day everyone!

Posted by: MissToronto | April 5, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to frosti (well, not really) because the Detroit Red Wings just beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Happy for my guys.

After two loads of laundry, watering the indoor jungle, copious amounts of what my dear mom would call "book work" (populating the ledger, paying bills, organizing bills yet to be paid, etc.) and otherwise taking care of Sunday business, I was just entirely too exhausted to think. I mean, when you can hear yourself actually breathing, that let's you know that you're not exactly 100% healthy yet. Nevertheless, I warmed up some lovely leftovers and took a short-enough-yet-long-enough nap during the hockey game, had a huge mug of white tea and I now have some energy at about 3:20 in the afternoon. Gotta get my body clock in sync, but I think I've come through the plague reasonably well.

And may others currently under the weather shrug off the heavy mantle of their respective plagues and rejoin the human race to several rounds of applause and blooming all sorts of things.

cya later

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | April 5, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, Ivansmom, so sorry you're under the weather. There's a wicked cough thing going around here. Raysdad has been down with it since Tuesday. I went out and got him some Mucinex to try yesterday, and he's now a big fan.

Sorry to be MIA lately. Had a one week management seminar, then spent the last week catching up from being out. Hope everyone is enjoying some nice spring weather today.

Scotty, you done good.

Posted by: Raysmom | April 5, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Popping in to say I'm running away from home, got my napsack and stick all ready, and will be heading out the door soon. I'll be back in a week or so. Have a happy week.

Posted by: LostInThought | April 5, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

LiT... if you need someone's hand to hold to cross the street, just let me know. Safe travels...

Posted by: -TBG- | April 5, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Afternoon all
I hope everyone (well here in the east) enjoyed this spring day.I got all my chores done early and was ready to try fishing for the first time this year,but when I got to the river,it was a raging torrent.I sat their on the shore watching huge logs go flying by and decided the overlook was a much better option.I checked out the view with bino's and it was nice.I came back home to do some yard work ,but ended up napping in the hammock.

Time to see what is going on in the world of sports,back with an update in a bit.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 5, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I survived the fair. Actually, although the wind was fierce and cold, I felt pretty good walking around. Invigorating. Refreshing. As long as I didn't twist around, which would hurt my back. It was lots of fun to shepherd the boys around.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 5, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

We made it safely down the mountain. Amazing how much the grass has grown in two days. I pulled weeds till my back said no more; Mr. T is mowing. Hard to believe that it's supposed to be cold again tomorrow.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

remember to tell visitors to the tower to avoid the summer ... humidity will hide everything

Posted by: omnigood | April 5, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Sad news in the Sun. Observer, slyness. The Fire Museum on 5th St. is closing 30 April. The landlord is jacking up the rent.

Posted by: -jack- | April 5, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Hallo boodle. Coming up for air after a day spent coughing and sniffling, cleaning (why ruin a day when you feel good for such chores?) and making arrangements for my trip to Atlanta the 15th-17th. Nothing like looking forward to a trip to a city you've never really explored to brighten the old outlook. Ribs sore from coughing, lips chapped down to my chin and up to my eyebrows, but otherwise feeling a tad better.

Staying at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in midtown. Dining recommendations most welcome. I will be accompanied by a Minnesotan with not too adventurous tastes, but she has potential. Hope to squeeze in a visit to the High Museum but loathe going to museums with a companion (I call it Art Aspergers).

Watching e2 Transport on PBS, missed the start so I'll have to catch up with it here,
most interesting.

GWE-rushing rivers are so hypnotic. Sounds like your afternoon was well spent.

Not long for the world of the awake so an early toodles and sweet dreams. Glad to see Invansmom appears on the mend. Good health to all.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 5, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I've been volunteering there for the last year, so I was aware. Bank of America owned the building but sold it to a developer who is going to remodel it into a restaurant, I think.

I have mixed feelings about the closing. On the one hand, the museum didn't have the resources to be a draw and a going concern; on the other hand, there's some neat stuff I hope won't be lost. The building dates from 1925 but the fire department moved out in 1972. It's amazing it hasn't been torn down.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, you'll be there in time to see the terracotta soldiers at the High! I recommend it. The High is a great museum, you could spend all of your time there. The King Tut exhibit will still be there also. Check the High's website; we got a deal on the two.

Yello is our expert on Hotlanta, but I can recommend MaryMac's for good Southern cooking, the Varsity for your basic hotdog and onion rings, and Houston's for fine dining. The latter has several locations; we ate at the one in Buckhead across from Lennox Mall.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

the stuff will be safe, slyness.

Posted by: -jack- | April 5, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Gorgeous day here today and this story just seemed to top it off.

I wonder if we had a sign that said Thank you!

HMCS Winnipeg halts suspected pirate attack with Stop sign. Who needs high tech :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | April 5, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Nesting Bald Eagle cams from BC, very good views.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 5, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Quince! Thanks Joel, for posting the picture and reminding me how I've always meant to plant one. Wonderful color.

This is California, and it is spring, so I will not name the plants that are blooming and thus drive all the Easterners crazy. Lots of pretty stuff about, however. Lots of buds on the roses, new baby leaves on the grape.

Posted by: nellie4 | April 5, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I think the machine gun accompanying the stop sign probably helped too. My friend's grandson was crewing (is that the right word?) on a ship that sailed thru' the pirate area, they were attacked but discouraged them with water from a firehose. Scary stuff.

It was very nice to see sunshine and walk without mittens and heavy jackets for a change. Cranberry bogs are pretty all year 'round.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 5, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

big earthquake in italy. wonder where yj is in relation to it.

Posted by: LALurker | April 5, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Scottynuke, welcome home, sir. Ya did done good.

LiT, enjoy your week on Project Runaway.

And yellojkt - I know you're out there - whatever you're doing, don't do anything I would.

I used to work near the National Cathedral and whiled many a lunch hour on the grounds there with some friends, munching down a $1 street vendor hotdog and diggin' the gargoyles. The view from the observation decks are pretty great, and gosh, the houses you can see from up there...

Marked some special occasions with my family this afternoon, and am going to hit the sack early (for me), as I'll be up late tomorrow night watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with some friends. We'll mark *that* special occasion (and the conclusion of March Madness) by setting printouts of our brackets on fire during the "One Burning Moment" segment.


Posted by: -bc- | April 5, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The earthquake in Italy was not in any real "touristy" area ---

Posted by: nellie4 | April 5, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

just found out that an old and dear friend with whom I used to have a strong connection as a friend was struck recently by a bad brain event.

This all begs the question, can we, any of us truly afford putting off until tomorrow things that we need to address today?

Life can be so fleeting.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 5, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about your friend, Dolphie.

And not to take your news lightly, but you just convinced me to go back to and order the shoes I wanted but put off buying.


Posted by: -TBG- | April 5, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

RT, no, we cannot. I have only recently understood this. Wait not.

It has been known for a long time. Carpe Diem. So let us seize the day. Live life, feel everything.

Posted by: Yoki | April 5, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

If anyone sees Al, will you please tell him I said "good night."

Posted by: -TBG- | April 5, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

UConn and Louisville in the womens final with Uconn going for the perfect season.I like the underdogs chances though.

Funny that both of the teams in the Men's final were beaten by Maryland this year.But I have to go with UNC and their size and depth.Although Mich Sate will have the hometown advatage with 70,000 screaming fans.

I was happy to see my driver Jeff Gordon ends his winless streak in Texas today,see what a good pit stop will do for you.82 carreer victories now that is a lot of wins.

Opening day of baseball season some 12+ hours away.Calling for rain in Baltimore,let's hope it holds off.

Congrats to the Capitals and the division title,hopefully the can rock there way into a long playoff run.Ovechikin is simply amazing most of the time.

off to bed goodnight boodle

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 5, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Good night Gentleman GWE. I didn't understand one word of what you just said. But I think it was meaningful.

Posted by: Yoki | April 6, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The Alban Hills above Rome are sort of a scaled-down Yellowstone. This volcanic area gave Rome fine drinking water, excellent building stone, and plenty of soft rock in which to build catacombs. I doubt the earthquake has anything to do with the volcano, but....

Terrible choice: make it to Vladimir Putin's own Russian orchestra tomorrow night or sneak over to watch UNC.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 6, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

As usual, I'm last to check in.

I had a wonderful time seeing bc, TBG and gwe. CqP, I missed seeing you.

Who knew gwe was such an excellent cook? He made us steamed shrimp and homemade pizza, and I really feel he should host imaginary lunch on the front deck of his mountain home, under all those tall trees swaying in the wind. What a great place he has!

TBG, Dr G and DoTBG made me feel so welcome and it was great to share in the Tar Heel win with them. Dr G and DoTBG (and SoG, although he wasn't there) are as wonderful as you would expect TBG's family to be.

What's Latin for "Seize the sandals?"

Posted by: -dbG- | April 6, 2009 3:56 AM | Report abuse

That would be "Carpe flipfloppus," dbG. And are you up or have you not gone to bed yet?

'Morning, Dawn Patrol, up and at 'em. Warmish today but 70% chance of rain, so please have your 'brollies (umbrellas) at the ready during inspection. There's coffee in the ready room and of course dear slyness has biscuits ready, and i wouldn't be a bit surprised if she had country ham, too.

Today we shall be patrolling over the following trenches: Piccadilly, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Bond Street, Tothill Fields, Tower Bridge, Dover, Tunbridge Wells,the Boggart Hole, Bleak House, Deep Doom and Gloom. Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Hook Copse, Wendy Cottage, Jekyll Copse and Hyde Copse, Walrus, Gimble, Mimsy, Borogrove, Dum and Dee, Dead Man’s Dump, Bone Trench and Carrion Trench, Cemetery Alley, Skull Farm, Suicide Road, Abuse Trench and Abyss Trench, Cesspool, Sticky Trench, Slither Trench, Slimy Trench, Slum Trench, Bloody Farm, Worm Trench, Louse Post, Bug Alley, Old Boot Street, Gas Alley, Gangrene Alley, Gory Trench, Dreary, Dredge, Dregs, Drench, Drizzle, Drivel, Bog, Tremble Copse, Wrath Copse, Anxious Crossroads, Howl, Doleful and Crazy Trenches, Folly Lane, Ominous Alley, Worry Trench, Mad Point, Lunatic Sap, and then Unbearable Trench, next to Fun Trench, Worry Trench, Hope Trench, and Happy Alley, Sulphur Avenue and Devil’s Wood to Jacob’s Ladder along Pilgrim’s Way to Eden Trench, through Orchard, to Nameless Trench and Nameless Wood.

I have Yoki to that for supplying that reconnaissance (in a poem, yet, and by A.S. Byatt).

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 6, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

SSC: to "thank," not "to that." Sheesh.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 6, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

to that you all for the thoughts.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 6, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Half the biscuits have country ham, and the other half are ready for the strawberry butter that's on the ready room table, Mudge. Enjoy!

Mr. T had to replenish the jam supply this weekend: there's pumpkin butter and blueberry preserves in addition to the strawberry butter. Me, I just like real butter, not margarine, on my warm biscuit.

So. Happy Monday, all. Overcast and 63 right now, that's to be the high for the day. I'm going to wait till Thursday to plant all the flowers I bought. Hopefully, this will be the last cold snap of spring.

Go Heels!

Posted by: slyness | April 6, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

good morning boodle! Theraflu is still the morning beverage, but daytime formula now, and the head is less congested, the better to enjoy today's snow. Really looking forward to Atlanta now. When I first decided to make this trip I thought it would be too late to miss cold weather. Ha.

I'm beginning to think winter is unwilling to leave while our fall election battle continues. The "last" of the Coleman/Franken ballots are supposed to be counted tomorrow.

Industrial Park Planning Group meeting in a nearby town today. The site was developed for a bio-mass power generation plant that fell victim to the post 9/11 financial crash so the park is really a grassy clearing in the woods with public sewer and water run to it. It's tough sledding now-but after 14 months we've had a couple of serious nibbles.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | April 6, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, unpleasant morning here, cold and rainy with heavy snow just to the north of us. Hard to believe it was so lovely yesterday.

Just viewed some of the pictures from the earthquake in Italy - my best thought to the victims.

Hope everyone who is under the weather recovers quickly.

Posted by: dmd2 | April 6, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We managed to have a couple of hours of sun yesterday afternoon. A few valiant crocus snd puschkinia bloomed, I put away the stryrofoam cones and other winter protections, it was spring.

Right now, it snows heavily.
Where are the 'smorefish?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | April 6, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

In the medicine cabinet next to the insomnia pills called Snorefish.

Posted by: -CB- | April 6, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

It seems all this talk about Climate Change has given the month of April a Split Personality Disorder: can't make up its mind if it really is April (rainy) or still March (windy).

Posted by: omnigood | April 6, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

DM, sorry to hear about your friend. Carpe diem, indeed.

shriek, thanks for mentioning the Malasian GP kayak half-race yesterday, and the astonishing rise of Brawn GP from the ashes of hundreds of millions of Honda's dollars. Stats say that any driver who's won the first two GPs of the year will win the Championship, but does it count if one of those is a half-points race? I'm sure Jenson Button thinks so.

Too much sports on yesterday for me to pay attention to, but I sill like UConn for the lady's basketball title. 'course, I picked Pitt on the Men's side, which continues my streak of knowing absolutely nothing about everything.

That earthquake in Italy has me crossing my fingers. And the rest of me, too.

yellojkt, let us know how you're doin'...


Posted by: -bc- | April 6, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Boodle. I don't know whether to be more pleased or worried. Yet, we fly.

Posted by: Yoki | April 6, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

*Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh-onna-Monday-and-where'd-the-weekend-go Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 6, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Kiss my, I'm Scottish (well, about a sixteenth)

It's Tartan Day:

Posted by: omnigood | April 6, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

New kit coming up shortly...

Posted by: joelache | April 6, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Um...aWaPo reporter named Scott Vogel has felt compelled to compile a story headed, "London Revels in Anniversaries of Sex and Scandal." Among the many questionable exhibits he used to support this highly dubious notion, are:

"Feb. 14 would mark the 25th anniversary of Torvill and Dean's sensual, gold-medal-winning ice-dance rendition of "Bolero."

[Now, as it happens, I actually remember that wonderful performance. But (a) I hardly think it ranks among Great Britain's more notable sex events and/or sex scandals, being neither, and (b) I doubt anyone was even remotely aware it was the 25th anniversary of said event.]

"And then the guides dispersed. It was time to lead groups of 20 or so visitors on merry tours of the home of a monarch with a sexual appetite so voracious it necessitated six wives, two beheadings and the Reformation. As the guides tell it, the large red-brick castle 12 miles southwest of London, which Henry took over from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1525, eventually devolved into a den of wantonness."

[Presumably this was the den of wantonnness depicted by Masterpiece Theater, as well as that devilishly wanton portrayal by Charles Laughton?]

...and the one that sent me off:

"And no fan of turpitude would dare miss the Great Hall. The premiere performance of that matchless paean to sexual jealousy, "Macbeth," is said to have taken place there in 1606 with James I and Shakespeare himself in attendance."

"MacBeth" was a matchless paean to sexual jealousy? Really? I never knew. I thought it was all about ambition. Silly me. I seemed to have missed so much in English class. I kinda thought, say, "Othello" was about sexual jealousy.


Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 6, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse


But never mind. Let us return to the sex and scandals, such as this:

"But it's what hasn't changed at Kew that truly astonishes.

"It might be the oldest potted plant in the world," hedges a sign under a cycad that dates from 1775. The African native, its 15-foot-long trunk in a pot the size of a dishwasher, sits in the south wing of the gardens' most iconic structure, Palm House. True, the trunk is these days growing almost horizontally, but you can hardly expect better from a tree that has lived through the French Revolution, two world wars and the career of Torvill and Dean."

I mean, really. To read something as shocking as that, and in a family newspaper. I am outraged. I shall cancel my subscription at once.

I mean, really, c'mon. Do you think Scott Vogel even knows what "sex" is? Does he have any clue what constitutes a "scandal," -- and in Jolly, Old England, of all places, which is place that really KNOWS how to put on a jolly goot sex scandal when it puts its mind to it. They haven't replaced the signage under a tree. God forbid young children should hear about such torrid mishaps.

But then Vogel gives us this shocking graf:

"The sight of your hand-writing always rejoices the very cockles of my heart," begins a breathless 1861 letter from Charles Darwin to Joseph Hooker, then director of Kew Gardens and one of Darwin's closest friends. The two exchanged more than 1,300 letters over 40 years, letters that demonstrate how Darwin's ideas on evolution by natural selection, well, evolved over time."

I think the dirty part might have been use of the word "cockles," but I'm really not sure.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | April 6, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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